Democratic enrollment grows across New York ahead of Election Day

Enrollment of Democratic voters surged over the last year in New York, according to new statistics released Thursday by the state Board of Elections.

Republican enrollment, meanwhile, was largely flat over the last seven months as it fell year-over-year.

The numbers will likely buoy Democratic hopes of winning key congressional and state Senate races on Tuesday amid what the party expects to be a wave year this cycle.

The numbers could also be a reflection of the heated primary season, split over several months this summer, that included competitive contests for Democratic nods for House seats as well as statewide campaigns for governor and attorney general.

There was higher-than-usual turnout in both the June and September Democratic primaries for federal and state offices.

This time last year, Democrats had 5,775,104 voters, dropping in April to 5,621,811 active voters statewide in New York. Those numbers swelled back up again to 5,780,030 this month, according to the board.

Active Republican voters in New York, meanwhile, accounted for 2,674,700 voters November 2017. By April, their numbers were little changed: 2,632,341 voters. Now, the total number of active enrolled Republicans stands at 2,633,776. That’s a gain of about 1,400 voters between April and November, but a year-over-year loss of more than 40,000.

Active independent or “blank” voters — those not registered in either a major or minor ballot line — saw growth as well.

This time last year, 2,429,021 were registered to vote without a party enrollment. Now those voters account for 2,486,209 people.

Democrats also made gains in key congressional races: In the 19th district, their numbers increased by about 6,000 voters between April and November. Republicans in the district grew by less than 300.

In the 22nd congressional district, Republicans continue to outnumber Democrats. But Democratic enrollment there grew by more than 2,000. Among Republicans, enrollment fell by 200.

Democratic enrollment was largely flat in Long Island’s 2nd district between April and November. But Republican enrollment fell by more than 2,000 during that time as blank voters grew by more than 1,000.

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